Flutes, like recorders, are members of the woodwind family of instruments. They are instantly recognisable in that they are held out to the right hand side to be played. Flutes produce a beautiful and distinctive rich sound in the lower and middle note ranges, which make for enjoyable performances for pupils and listeners alike!
Most pupils from Years 4, 5 and 6 would be able to manage a flute, although pupils are 'auditioned' to make sure that they have sufficient 'reach' to hold the instrument correctly before being given a place for tuition.
Lessons are generally taught in groups of two. We follow the syllabus for grade examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and pupils are entered, usually for Grade 1 or 2, as soon as they reach the required standard. Until then we use the Abracadabra Flute tutor book.
Our flute players enjoy performing in assemblies and at the annual concert to the community.
Pupils who are accepted for lessons will need to provide their own flutes: these can cost up to £350 new, although we can purchase them at a discounted rate and without the VAT for you by the Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme. Alternatively most music shops offer affordable rental-purchase schemes. We can meet with you to dicuss the most appropriate way forward for you and your child.
For more information please see Mrs Metcalf in the school office.